Psychology

Transferable Skills that Psychology Majors Develop:
In addition to the specific subject matter that Psychology majors learn, they acquire many skills that can easily transfer to any subject matter.  The following is a list of some of the transferable skills that Psychology majors develop:

Communicating interpersonally
Interviewing  
Knowing and appreciating ethical guidelines
Respecting and valuing individuals and differences  
Designing and conducting experiments
Reasoning analytically and objectively
Quantitative and qualitative analysis
Understanding human development and behavior
Establishing interpersonal connections  
Critical and inferential thinking
Resolving and mediating conflicts Insightful
Sensitivity to others
Listening
Promoting healthy relationships and behavior
Understanding group dynamics  

Possible job titles for Psychology majors:
Career Counselor
Clinical Psychologist
Consultant
Counselor and Outreach Coordinator
Health Care Administrator 
Insurance Agent 
Minister/Pastor 
Occupational Therapist
Physician 
Probation Officer
Professor 
Psychotherapist
Psychologist
Rehabilitation Counselor 
School Counselor
Social Worker
Teacher
Writer

Types of employers:
Advertising  & Public Relations Firms
Business and Industry 
Churches and Religious Organizations
Correctional Institutions
Education Institutions
Government Agencies
Hospitals and Nursing Homes 
Human Resources Department
Management Consulting Firms 
Market-Research Departments and Firms
Mental Health Agencies 
Professional/Technical Journals
Rehabilitation Agencies
Research Institutes 
Social Service Agencies
Test-Development corporations 

Resources in the Career Library:

Opportunities in Psychology Careers, by Charles M. Super and Donald E. Super
Career Paths in Psychology:  Where your Degree Can Take You, Robert J. Sternbrg, ed. 

Visit the HSC Psychology Department web site or catalogue!

Other sources of information:
Career counselors and faculty members are great resources.  Visit the Careers Office early and often, and make time to talk to professors in your major and related fields.  Ask at the Career Development Office for help locating Hampden-Sydney alums in career fields that interest you and set up informational interviews with them.  Professional associations are excellent sources of career and employment information, and many of them have websites.  Surf the internet, keeping in mind that many colleges and universities have websites for their Career Centers and for each academic major, many of which include career and employment information as well as links to professional associations and other useful websites.  Contact the following organizations and websites for more information:

American Psychological Association
www.apa.org
www.apa.org/students/brochure/index.html
www.apa.org/science/nonacad.html

Marky Lloyd's Careers in Psychology Page
www.psywww.com/careers/index.htm

More Careers in Psychology
www.oklahoma.net/~jnichols/careers.html

Society for Neuroscience
www.sfn.org

Psychology Degree Guide
http://psychologydegreeguide.org/